Friday, May 28, 2010

The Secret

My great-grandfather Alex was a student of the scriptures. I'm fortunate to have inherited his Bible.

I decided to do something I've never done before. I posted on a geneology forum. I typed my great-grandfather's name, and birth date into a forum in Scotland and asked how to go about researching my Scottish roots. Great-grandfather brought his wife and four daughters to America from Scotland when my grandmother was 12.

Left to right...Gertrude, Jean, Lilias, Rene
(My grandmother, Lilias, is in the back on the right.)

The next day I had 2 emails in my box. One person had sent me a document from the Ellis Island archives which listed my g-grandfather, g-grandmother arriving in 1910 along with their daughters. The document included the names and ages of the daughters. I also had an email that said, "The research has already been done." Included was a link to his family tree. I found out that my g-grandfather was a twin. (which is true...but I had forgotten.) I still need to correspond with the person behind "The research has already been done." This story is still unfolding.

But as intriguing as it is to stumble upon some family history, the most important information about g-grandfather is already in my possession. His Bible. And in it, I found a little brochure called "The Morning Watch" which displayed this poem.

The Secret

I met God in the morning,
When my day was at its best
And His presence came like sunrise,
Like a glory in my breast.

All day long The Presence lingered,
All day long He stayed with me,
And we stayed in perfect calmness
O'er a very troubled sea

Other ships were blown and battered,
Other ships were sore distressed,
But the winds that seemed to drive them,
Brought to us a perfect rest.

Then I thought of other mornings,
With a keen remorse of mind,
When I, too, had loosed the moorings,
With The Presence left behind.

So I think I know the secret,
Learned from many a troubled way;
You should seek Him in the morning
If you want Him through the day!


G-Grandfather Alex and his four daughters. (My grandmother is standing.)

P.S. Happy Memorial Day...and pray for our country and our troops!


Karen said...

Oh, I enjoyed this, Sharon! How exciting to research your ancestors...

The poem was beautiful...

Willow said...

You are so fortunate to have such a treasure! One item (fairly far down, admittedly) on my summer to do list is continuing my research on my English and Irish ancestors. (I'm not ready to tackle the German ones yet--don't know enough German)

Glenda said...

Isn't it neat to watch your family history and unfold! I'm glad you were successful in searching for info! What a great photo of your relatives! And I love the poem; it's so very true!

Dawn said...

We need to really do this with our Swedish ancestors. Good stuff!

I love the poem, and I really love the underlined Bible.

Marg said...

You hit a pot of gold...I love that old marked up Bible. We are so rich in our inheritance with generations before us who walked and lived the faith.
Right now, I'm using my Mom's devotional, all marked up. She passed away 10 years ago...
It's a treat for me to reflect your life.

Ashlee said...

Hey Aunt Sharon, it's Ashlee!

This is really really neat, thank you for sending it to me. It's all so interesting and I'm glad you've been able to find some solid information. I hope more turns up, I'd love to see it!

Susan Skitt said...

Wow - that is absolutely amazing! I love the pictures of your family. What an awesome heritage! I especially like the poem. I needed that today! Thanks for sharing!

heidihiheidiho said...

i would love to know which ancestry site you joined, as i am in the process of researching some of my family as well... really good stuff. thank you for sharing!